Trump and Pelosi Agree to Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

The proposed trade agreement includes “Safe Harbor” copyright liability exceptions for certain online services, which is causing concern for many music publishers. On the positive side, though, the agreement extends copyright terms in Canada for 20 years, meaning that the copyright of a song there will be valid during the life of the songwriter plus an additional 70 years.

Source: Trump and Pelosi Agree to Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

Multi-territory digital licensing hub in Africa shows signs of success 

The hub consists of 17 CMOs from countries in Africa, and according to Music in Africa, ‘offers licensees repertoire on a multi-territorial basis in order to facilitate ease of access to a high-potential emerging market.’ Speaking to Music in Africa, CAPASSO Chief Operations Officer Wiseman Ngubo said that “we are of the belief that Africa is on the brink of a streaming boom.”

Source: Multi-territory digital licensing hub in Africa shows signs of success ahead of potential ‘streaming boom’

Now Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis is buying master rights, as it swoops for Kaiser Chiefs catalog

The global music business has become accustomed to reading about Hipgnosis Songs Fund buying writer/publisher rights and/or income streams to hit music. Today (December 10) represents something of a new direction for the company: it’s now also getting into master rights.

Source: Now Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis is buying master rights, as it swoops for Kaiser Chiefs catalog

Warner Music, Providence Equity Launch $650 Million Fund to Invest in Song Catalogs

Warner Music Group and Providence Equity Partners today announced plans to invest in world-class recorded music and music publishing catalogs via a newly established platform, Tempo Music Investments, that has raised $650 million. The move is similar in some ways to the launch of Hipgnosis, which launched last year and has raised more than $800 million to acquire full or partial stakes in the catalogs of many songwriters who have enjoyed multiple global hits.

Source: Warner Music, Providence Equity Launch $650 Million Fund to Invest in Song Catalogs

Marvin Gaye Family Claims in Court That Pharrell Williams Committed Perjury

The filing points a California judge’s attention to a Pharrell Williams interview published in early November by GQ Magazine. The hit maker discussed his behind-the-scenes production process and how when he finds something he likes, he “reverse engineers” the feeling he gets from listening to that music.

Source: Marvin Gaye Family Claims in Court That Pharrell Williams Committed Perjury

Department of Justice Backs Irving Azoff in Legal War with Radio Stations

The Justice Department has come out in support of Azoff through an amicus brief that it filed with the Western Division of the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California. The document calls on the court to reject a number of arguments that the RMLC has been making in the case.

Source: Department of Justice Backs Irving Azoff in Legal War with Radio Stations

Will the next Mozart or Picasso come from artificial intelligence? 

It’s not that artificial intelligence will fundamentally replace human artists. It’s that AI will lower the barrier to entry in terms of skill, and give the world access to more creative minds because of what can be easily achievable using digital tools. Art will still require a human vision, however, the way that vision is executed will become easier, more convenient, less taxing, and so on.

Source: Will the next Mozart or Picasso come from artificial intelligence? No, but here’s what might happen instead

What’s the real end-game for AI music? 

Stephen Phillips, CEO of Australian startup Popgun, thinks that the early business models in this sector – AI-music as a replacement for production music, for example – are just a sliver of the ultimate potential for this technology. “There isn’t this place in the world where teenagers come together to make music for each other. That place does not exist, and that’s nuts!”

Source: What’s the real end-game for AI music? Popgun’s CEO has some ideas…

Artists are fighting back against bots who are stealing their work to sell

Artists have long been used to work being copied and passed off as somebody else’s, but this situation is a much more programmatic nuisance to bear. Select a bunch of popular artists, feed their streams as a source of data for bots designed to extract imagery, and then feed this data to open-source platforms where the image is used as a template for made on-demand merch.

Source: Artists are fighting back against bots who are stealing their work to sell

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